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so we're joined by steve liesman. we're happy to have him here. our top story this morning, the market. we have assembled a trio of wall street's most respected voices to join us for the next hour. we have a lot to talk about this morning. plus, there is that issue of the lights going out at the super dole last night. officials say an abnormality in the power system triggered an automatic shutdown forcing backup systems to kick in. but they weren't sure what caused that initial problem. 34 minutes that the lights were out. brian shactman will join us in just a minute for the full story. this was a super bowl to remember for a lot of reasons, not the least of which the lights going out like that. let's get out to the headlines. the dow and the s&p 500 closing friday at their highest level since 2007. the major averages posting a fifth straight week of gains. u.s. equity futures this morning, you can see, are lighter, down by about 33 points for those dow futures. s&p futures are off by about 4 1/2. but, again, the dow above 14,000 for the first time since october 2007 on fri
jose. let's go to steve. >>> mostly cloudy out there. local clouds. kind of lift a little bit over 900, 1,000 feet. probably no drizzle. and then some higher clouds coming in from a weak system. the combination of the two, gonna give us the mostly cloudy day. 50s on the highs. i think we'll get a break tomorrow in advance of the system that will be here thursday. but turning colder, colder on friday. just so you know, it will be a shock to the system here. it will go from a foggy summertime pattern, a lot of low clouds and fog. that may give us sprinkles and very light showers. i doubt much will happen. mainly a lot of cloud cover. it's really ramped up the fog bank. that means temperatures are gonna stay on the cool side. low clouds, local drizzle. and then this afternoon, the combination of low a and -- low and high clouds. 40s on the temperatures. a couple of 30s to the north. 40s to 50. 49 half moon bay. but with the toking in place, it might even -- with the fog in place, it might feel colder. one system doesn't make it. but this next one that's the one coming out of gulf of alask
. ike becky quick along with andrew ross sorkin. joe kernen is off today so we are again joined by steve liesman. also at the table with us this morning, our guest host is andy surel. andrew just talked about the markets. stocks ending at session lows yesterday. in fact, all ten s&p sectors closed lower. yet the bulls betting this is nothing more than a bull pac. but we will have a number of powerful investors for their thoughts throughout yao the morning. jim o'neill will join us in just a few minutes. then in the next half hour, the man charged with making sdigs for how blackrock invests more than $1 trillion, the firm's chief investment strategist, russ koesterich. nouriel roubini will be joining us and we're going to ask him for his current view of the world. in the following hour, buy and hold is the name of his game, barons capital ceo ron baron will be our special guess. he's been talking to us about how great of an opportunity stocks have been. we'll see if he's still feeling that optimistic now that stocks have reached 14,000 or close to it. >>> how majority leader eric cantor i
endorsements, and shareholder value. we spoke with steve posavac, marketing professor at vanderbilt university. i began by asking, what kind of celebrity endorsement makes a good investment for a company and its shareholders. >> well, tom, celebrity endorsements can do a lot for brands. one of the most important things they can do is lead to just a lot of awareness of the branda l of excitement, consumers pay attention to the marketing of a brand to the extent that a celebrity is associated with it. but the other thing celebrities do very well is position products. products in some categories, think soft drinks, for example, that aren't very differentiated based on the product self but if you have a celebrity endorsement speak up on behalf of the product wa, people think about that celebrity than bleeds on to the brand, helps to seerbt the brand in the same way we-- associate the same way we think of that celebrity. >> tom: the ski that the attention is paid ultimately to the product, not to the celebrity making the pitch though, right? >> well, absolutely that's the case. the celebrity in som
insider trading investigation of steve cohen. charlie gasparino. >> talk about breathless intros. liz: we're excited here. >> you know, listen, they've been looking at steve cohen since 07. we should point out that's when he kind of first got on the fbi's radar screen. the fbi agent who helped try to develop a case against him. he's actually the fbi agent who got the sort of court order -- not the sort of -- the court order to bug steve cohen's home which we were first to report here on fox business network. i think he did that in 08. they have narrowed the cases -- there's been many -- lots of insinuation and fishy trades that look like possible inside information trading before material events. they've narrowed it down to obviously this one case involves martoma -- liz: former trader. >> basically telling steve cohen something. they had a phone call about why he was buying and selling the shares of two drug company stocks. he's been indicted because he got insider information from a doctor; right? now the question is will cohen be indicted based on that phone call? here's what i know, i
,@steverattner working diligently on his charts. unfortunate i have to miss it, spin class trumps stats. steve rattner and his sexiness coming up shortly on "morning joe," starts right now. ♪ lights out >>> half the power in new orleans stadium, the superdome here, is out. in almost a perfect semicircle of the lights, half the stadium stayed light, half of it went out. the scoreboard is also not working as well. one big click of the light switch, and we lost power in half of the stadium. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to "morning joe." it is monday, time to wake up bright and early. february 4th. all right. we've got a shot here in the studio of, what, is halperin walking in here? with us -- this is amazing. look at this, the "game change" boys. >> they're back and better than ever. >> we also have the sexy statistician -- >> according to twitter. >> yes. former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. national affairs editor for "new york" magazine and political analyst, john heilemann and senior political analyst, mark halperin. >> what a game. mika, you had to, lik
in pseudo, our own steve liesman and book brusca. then in the next hour, jeremy siegel is going to join us on set to make his bullish case for the numbers and then, nemo, the powerful storm taking aim at the east coast. forecaster res warning it could be among the worst ever, more than two feet of snow possible in boston. many cities are telling residents, don't travel if you don't have to. airlines are now warning the blizzard could cripple travel and hundreds of flights have already been canceled. we're going to check in one on friends at the weather channel. just a couple of minutes for their latest forecast. also in the news, the justice department in multiple states reportedly discussing suing moody's for defrauding investors. any move likely to make a similar rival against standard & poors is testing likely so this likely to be more than two years out. the goal is to get more battle on potentially hazard just flights, so these flights will only happens. now let's head across the country to joe and becky and see what they have coming up this morning. joe, how was your week on the cour
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lebanese place we found on the mat? right. ( laughter ) - your beans. - your beans. steves: in the romantic rolling hills flanking the danube river in austria stands the notorious nazi concentration camp at mauthausen. this slave labor camp functioned from 1938 to 1945 for the exploitation of hitler's opponents and victims. more than half of its 200,000 prisoners died here, mostly from starvation or exhaustion. like many camps, mauthausen was located at a quarry. inmates generally labored for the german armaments industry or quarrying stone for vast nazi building projects. the long stairway that connected the quarry with the camp and the stone depot earned the name "stairway of death" for good reason. in a concentration camp like mauthausen, your ability to endure forced labor amounted to a stay of execution. with the harshest of conditions and a starvation diet, if you weren't able to carry slabs of rocks on your back up this stairway all day long you'd be shot on the spot. much of mauthausen is a memorial park where each country has erected a gripping
. becky quick is under the weather. hope you feel better. joe is off, steve leaseman here, as well. our guest this hour, yahoo! finance senior columnist steven kohey. a lot to discuss about the markets. stocks rallying to wipe out most of the previous session losses. check out the so-called ear gauge. the vix as we call it, tumbling below 14. then in the next hour, something a little different on "squawk box" this morning. we're going to be joined on set by three well-known names on wall street. blair ephron, roger altman. and honeywell chief david cody y. these guys? all three have been sitting in on regular conference calls with the white house. they're among the leaders the obama administration is turning to for advice on everything from the deficit to taxes to the broader economy. >>> then, after we talk to them, they're going to paint a picture for us, we're going to turn to two powerful investors for insight into what the conversation in washington means for the broader markets. cowen and company ceo jeff solomon will join us, and the bond king, bill gross. first, steve will bring
at the pentagon as deputy assistant secretary of defense. please join me in welcoming steve bucci. steve? [applause] >> let me add my welcome to all of you. i think we're going to have a real treat this morning. as john mentioned, i'm a special forces officer by profession, and so this area is near and dear to my heart because this is kind of what we do, or did. they don't let me do it anymore. [laughter] i mentioned to max when he came in a little historical artifact in that when i was a cadet at west point, i bought a book that had just been published. it was a two-volume set. it was called war in the shadows, the guerrilla in history by robert asprague. that book from 1975 til now really has been the sort of benchmark for this kind of historical review of this subject area. that's a long time for a book to keep that sort of position. well, with apologies to mr. as sprey, i think his book is being replaced now, and max has done that with this book which is on sale outside, "invisible armies," he, i think, has set the new benchmark for this subject area. his book is very, very comprehen
numbers. on the technical side is the managing partner at bell point. on the fundamental point it's steve cortes founder of veracruz and cnbc contributor. did i read this correctly, you shorted disney? >> listen, it's not easy to fight a stock that has it at an all-time high but this has gotten very frothy. as a disclaimer i have to admit that i took the disney cruise with my kids a few years ago. let me tell you something it was hell on the water. got the norovirus. i would rather have been on the endurance stuck in the ice than on that boat, but aside from that, i do have real world reasons outside of my own experience to fight disney one, a fundamental one and technical one even though i'm supposed to be the fundamental guy. the fundamental reason is falling wages. wage growth is tepid at best in this economy. b of a put a report out that this week with high gasoline prices and falling wages that's a toxic recipe going forward and the second reason, and when i look at apple versus disney, these two stocks until roughly thanksgiving traded very much in unison and we've seen a very we we
't get a line on it. steve in florida. steve? >> caller: hello? >> hi, steve, you're up. >> caller: okay. b-b-b-boo-yah. >> i'm liking that completely. >> caller: i got blackrock kelso. >> i don't know blackrock kelso. no, i don't know it. i've got to do homework on it. let's go to john in washington. john? >> caller: boo-yah to the all-seeing, all-knowing great jim cramer. >> well, thank you. >> caller: you're the best, baby. you're entertaining and informative just like you say. >> i sure try. >> caller: i want to give your eagles a kudos for picking that oregon coach. he's a winner. >> chip kelly, i like him. breaking that story with mort, what's up? go ahead. >> caller: dvax. >> we said it was a speck, it is coming back, it's now up a dollar from where it blew up. i want to stay long dvax. barbara in illinois, please, barbara? >> caller: yes, sir. >> go ahead, barb. >> caller: jim, i have a question about cognizant technology. >> oh, i like that. and i like it a lot, but you know what? i saw an opportunity today, bill mcdermott's s.a.p. he's co-ceo, down from 83.60 to 80. pull the tr
green of hightower and cnbc market analyst warren myers are answers right now. good to see you. steve over to you first, 30 seconds on the clock. what's your dollar trade tomorrow? >> we're watching the euro dollar. we think that's the most important thing. the equity markets the tail. we're being wagged around. all about central banks as jim was referring to you earlier on the show. we really think that right now the u.s. is the only central bank towards hinting at ending their quantitative easing so we think if the euro dollar breaks 133 we could see finally a selloff that holds in the u.s. >> thank you so much. mike, you're up, your case on why you think china is worth watching. >> with china's economic growth seemingly back on track and because the markets are closed all of next week for the newyear's holiday, we'll watch again tonight when they release their cpi data. this month it's expected around 2%. if they come in above expectations again, we'll watch very closely to see what the people's bank of china has to say about things like lending curves. obviously this is something that has the
three, down three. kind of like green mountain coffee. i can't get a line on it. steve in florida. steve? >> caller: hello? >> hi, steve, you're up. >> caller: okay. b-b-b-boo-yah. >> i'm liking that completely. >> caller: i got blackrock kelso. >> i don't know blackrock kelso. no, i don't know it. i've got to do homework on it. let's go to john in washington. john? >> caller: boo-yah to the all-seeing, all-knowing great jim cramer. >> well, thank you. >> caller: you're the best, baby. you're entertaining and informative just like you say. >> i sure try. >> caller: i want to give your eagles a kudos for picking that oregon coach. he's a winner. >> chip kelly, i like him. adam schefter breaking that story with mort, what's up? go ahead. >> caller: dvax. >> we said it was a spec, it is coming back, it's now up a dollar from where it blew up. i want to stay long dvax. barbara in illinois, please, barbara? >> caller: yes, sir. >> go ahead, barb. >> caller: jim, i have a question about cognizant technology. >> oh, i like that. i like it a lot, but you know what? i saw an opportunity today, bi
billion bailing out banks and industries. earlier we spoke to steve, a professor of economics and finance at the university of western sydney, author of the book "debunking economics." >> the entire structure of so- called verifying the authenticity of financial instruments is entirely structurally corrupt. a civil suit like this should only be the beginning. there should be people behind the jail for what happened this time around. literally, only burning made off has been -- bernie madoff has been jailed in the middle of this crisis. >> the shares of the parent company of standard and poor's, mcgraw hill, took a beating, dropping nearly 14%. moody's and dropped nearly 11 cents. the forced labor scandal in dublin, we have a long way to the report on alleged abuse and injustice. how are british scientists settling into their new home on an ice shelf in antarctica? ♪ >> hello, more unsettled weather working its way across europe, this system has given us a lot of wintry weather over the eastern parts, including moscow. there is an awful lot of heavy snow. here are the pictures coming out
of this private company but i do think this is his second act, right? ashley: yeah. >> steve jobs had a second act. i think this is dell's second act. first was pcs. and he wants to make it work in enterprise and the cloud and i think this is his opportunity. ashley: if he could do what steve jobs did he would be very popular up deed. brian white, thanks so much for joining us. we appreciate it. >> thanks a lot, bye. tracy: all right. we have a news alert for you. moments ago president obama pressing congress to avoid a way avoid automatic spending cuts that go into effect but he admitted he may not be able to uphold his end of the bargain. >> i know that a full budget may not be finished before march 1st. and unfortunately that is the date when a series of harmful automatic cuts to job creating invests and defense spending also known as the sequester, are scheduled to take effect. tracy: that budget was originally due on february 4th. we're a little late as it is. ashley: yesterday. tracy: and the congressional budget office says the federal deficit will fall to $845 billion this fiscal year. tha
other things that interceded. then chicago fed president charlie evans is going to sit down with steve liesman at around 8:30 eastern. but don't worry, you don't have to wait until then to hear some interesting voices on the central bank, because on set we're happy to say, stanford professor and former treasury official himself john taylor is here here discuss. let's go to scott. he's got the morning headlines. >> thank you. what might be considered a surprising partnership, yahoo! and google have signed a nonexclusive marketing agreement. retailers in the northeast stocking up on storm goods ahead of an anticipated weekend storm. home depot, target, lowe's among the companies telling cnbc they're taking steps to deal with anticipated increased demand for certain goods that people anticipate they'll be stranded at home because of weather, and it's supposed to be bad in the northeast. >>> standard & poor's has hired a top white collar defense attorney to help fit a $5 billion government lawsuit over ratings. san francisco based john keeker has represented lance armstrong to enron's andr
trust respectively, i bet they deliver and deliver again. these are huge winners because of steve tanger and don wood, the ceos. they deserve to be winners. wednesday we get results from mine safety aplans. i've got two words for you, merger and mania, that's what we think will swirl around mine safety this year, giving it 3m, honeywell and dupont all want to get bigger insafety. however, how are the earnings? isn't that what really matters? we never recommend stocks on takeover basis unless they have good fundamentals. europe's been crushing these guys. let's listen and find out how are the near-term prospects. the stock, one of our breaking up is easy to do from kraft, it's been a rocket ship. we told subscribers take something off the table. mondelez, i think you should do the same we did. then we hear from whole foods. you know how much i like this. but it's been stalled out for some time. may it at last be able to break out of the range but up or down? we think up because of the power of the whole friends of wholefoods. they are building many more stores and those stores, people lov
lowest price car they have ever offered. with us now, president and ceo of mercedes-benz u.s.a. steve, i should mention, of course, this super bowl is going to be in mercedes-benz superdome , so congratulations on that. let's talk about this new car, that is all about the new car. the price of the car is under $30,000. this is a first for mercedes-benz. are you at all worried about diluting the brand? >> we are not worried at all. in fact, this the l.a. that we are launching at the super bowl absolutely delivers on the mercedes-benz brand promise. so it really is about delivering the right car at the right price. we use the super bowl because we're opening the brand. that is pretty much allow price, so we look at it not as diluting the brand, but opening up the brand and making it accessible to a larger audience. liz: here it is. the devil is offering him the car, and all of it would come with it. the red carpet, the hot babe, the experience, the stardom, the celebrity, and he can send the pen with his long fingernails. of course playing the devil, and then truly that moment where the bi
being brought in, getting the call steve rattner and your first reaction was what? >> my first reaction was no. i know nothing about cars. i can drive one. i can start one and drive and that's it. liz: why were you the right guy for what is now indelibly marked in our history at a time when general motors almost went entirely under and disappeared? >> i'm not sure i was the right guy but it worked out okay. so maybe i was. but i had worked at a big company. a unionized company. he had worked there a long time. gm was a big company. i knew something about organizations and people. so maybe that's why i got the call. liz: you also two into your early history. that was you grew up thinking you would work for the railroads just like your dad. >> i did. liz: it has been an interesting journey certainly to become one of the top corporate leaders in a free market world and therefore, why did you go along with a government bailout which is the antithesis letting the free market take over in this case? >> well, for a couple reasons. my family had grown up with gm cars. my first car was a chevrol
, of course covered the enter bowl. it was their turn last night. it was up to sideline reporter steve tasker because the cbs announce booth was out of power. >> yeah. >> bill: so they were off of the air. the sideline reporter still had power on his microphone, and he describes what's happening. >> is out. half the stayium stayed light. half of it went out. here is what happened moments ago. the game proceeds pretty much as normal. one big click of the light switch. >> there it goes and out of power. fortunately, i was just wondering, fortunately they got it back to on. what would have happened if they could not get the power on. >> there was talk roger goodell would have to come in as a commissioner of the league and he could suspend play and get back to it another day. what's not that dark? >> and rescheduled? >> right. >> and everybody is talking about the commercials. i have to tell you one graduate commercial. paul harvey for dodge ram and they picked up paul harvey describing what it was like to be a farmer >> and on the 8th day, god looked do
post steve jobs is one thing. but i think that they are doing fine. they did miss a bunch of quarters. where einhorn's really right is they are anti-shareholder friendly. i mean, if the ultimate thing that comes out on the proxy is we are against something that was proposed that is reasonable, shareholder friendly, that what does that say? what does the statement say? why isn't the dividend bigger? why isn't the buy back bigger? most companies would not tolerate the treasury stance of apple. they would just say it's not good enough. and i think einhorn's right on that. solution, all i can tell you is when you discuss with a company an idea and then you see a proxy, the proxy that your idea is wrong, given the fact that they have used cash, i don't know, intellectually, apple's position can't be defended. >> trying to head him off at the pass. >> right. right. >> doesn't it say that whatever their reason is for saving this money, they haven't communicated it effectively? >> thank you. >> right? >> yes. there must be a reason. >> but say it. say, okay, look, we are looking at developing
host who has been back with us, jeremy siegel, the bull. steve liesman, also thank you for sitting in all week. that's been terrific. becky and joe, it's been great. good luck over the weekend. we hope you get back here and it all works out. say hello to nemo and the weather. we're going to see you -- >> be careful with all that snow. >> absolutely. anyway, make sure you join us monday. "squawk on the street" begins right now. >>> good friday morning. welcome to "squawk on the street." i'm melissa lee. we're live from the new york stock exchange. let's see how your friday session is setting up on the u.s. futures. it looks like we'll have a positive session with the s&p looking at 2 at the open, dow looking at 13. in europe, the eu summit continues. but the action really taking its cues from china this morning. we have green arrows across the board in europe. take a look at asia. strong eco data out of china in focus. much more on that in just a moment. the road map begins at the golden arches. not even the cheddar onion burgers could help mcdonald's. they missed estimates in every
's followed the dictum suggested by the late founder steve jobs. if you produce the best products which arguably apple has done, everything takes care of itself. that's something that's resonated throughout much of steve jobs' biography about walter isaacson. it's a bedrock principle of apple itself. i have to admit i have grasped about apple lately. incredibly low interest rates, that keeps it from earning a decent return for doing nothing at the moment as you used to be able to for so long. i have said that the cash itself has gone from being a positive at a time when so many companies have stretched balance sheets to a negative as it generates a small return. i have suggested they put some of the cash to work, buying the growth that many feel has been lost. perhaps buying twitter to be more moving aggressively into the social media space. or netflix for home entertainment. or even somewhat facetiously purchase amazon, with its itunes-like offers. all that said i never thought in a million years that somehow apple's become a bad actor because of its conservative ways of handling its b
the january jobs report. moody's steve chist mark zandi, former council of economic advisers chairman austan goolsbee and jared bernstein. their predictions and reaction to the number in a special jobs friday hour of "squawk box" that you can only see here on cnbc. and don't forget you can find "squawk box" online and on mobile, too. follow us on twitter @squawkcnbc is the handle. like us on facebook if you want a little thumbs up, and you can of course visit us on our show page squawk.cnbc.com. and there's been a lot of new stuff that's been going off on these pages so check it out. >>> welcome back, everybody. let's chat with's guest host kelly king who is chairman and ceo of bb&t. we were talking about how businesses want to be optimistic, ceos want to be optimistic. what's holding them back? >> well, a continuing concern about all of the areas of uncertainty. it's interesting, ceos want to do business. they want to grow. they want to add employees. that's how we make money. that's how we reward our shareholders. and for almost five years now everybody's been holding back. you know, not m
. the unemployment rate climbing to 7.9%. steve liesman joins us with his take. he wasn't kidding. a busy morning. >> yeah, really. hopefully i'll earn my paycheck on a day like today, carl. as rick said, i think the important part was, most of it better than expectations. the construction number, that could help that negative one on gdp. we'll get to jobs in just a second. but also the ism pgoing well. total 157. private sector 166. unemployment ticking up. hours unchanged at 34.4. earnings up .2. the revisions, 127. i want to talk about that. i want to show you a chart here that takes a look at -- there's the bar chart. there's the old private sector fourth quarter average of 185. and now it's 225,000. but what was the fourth quarter? the fourth quarter was full of fiscal cliff concerns. so doug duncan, an economist at fannie mae, writing this morning, the payrolls in the fourth quarter is consistent with robust growth in business investment in the gdp report. we already saw that. suggesting that uncertainty over fiscal policy did not hurt businesses hiring and investing as feared. if it did hu
are outside waiting for me. >> i have doritos. >> steve, what is the holdup? >> so which ad do you like best, go to greta wire .com and watch them again and then pick your favorite. and this year it is not just any super bowl, it is the harbowl. what can we expect from the big game? cincinnati bengals head coach marvin lewis has a good idea. as defensive coordinator he helped lead the ravens to a super bowl victory 12 years ago. he joins us. nice to see you, coach. >> how are you doing today? >> very well. i take it you are excited about the game. i'm curious what are you going to be watching for? i know you are not watching the ads like many people. what are you looking for? >> you know, we are looking for a great game. i think you have two teams that both can be explosive on offense. san francisco obviously with their ground aback but their ability to make plays with their receivers. baltimore's explosive offense and then two defenses that are going to be played very sound and very disciplined and very physical. >> greta: i'm going to look for the quarterback for the 49ers seems to run a l
grand on another ticket in arkansas. here's the lucky pair with the pair of fat checks. steve and terry weaver say they could not believe the first win, let alone the second. the husband said he was initially scared to claim the winnings because he thought lottery officials would make him take a lie detector test. they plan to invest their wings winnings. >> what a day for dow. a bounce back from a big surge in u.s. home prices. they're increasing sides that europe's economy is getting better. got some good earnings reports from some of the big companies. no matter what they want you do believe -- for today, at least -- the economy is looking up. i'm shepard smith. see you back here tonight on fox report. you'll be all right. [screaming] >> well, like the sequel to a 1950s horror film, only is this fly going to stick? welcome. i'm stewart in for neil cavuto. remember this, that fiscal cliff deal, huge amount in tax hikes. not much in the way of spending cuts. are we about to see the sequel? the president is calling on congress to pass another quick fix to avert those automatic spending
session. steve grasso is with us. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> we aren't seeing a sell-off. we are seeing more consolidation. >> the other day when we chatted, we talked about the 1500 level. we still wined up above this level. so it is a huge mental level. the other day we learned that europe is still on the forefront of a lot of investors posts minds, but not overly preoccupied with the notion of the market selling off in the united states. >> what are you watching in terms of headline risks for this market right now? you mentioned europe. how high is that on your agenda for the market? >> it is a higher than it was. i thought we handled it. i'm not being facetious. i thought we handled the europe situation. i thought we stopped everything. i thought it was a nonissue. the other day it taught us, it is still there and still a risk. >> are you worried about washington? with the sequester moving large? >> you could have asked me that six months ago, i would have said it is a huge issue. but even though we do have divided government, it seems as though, maybe it doesn't look gre
, especially the school district because steve cook's memo where they are extending the contracts for the security clause to just the clause where the union member has to pay the union and can't exercise their right to work right. extending those clauses up to 10 years and it has nothing to do with wages, benefits or working conditions, simply preventing workers from getting the right to work right for 10 years. and you tell me, is that good for membership are putting the worker first or is that the union saying we want ours and we will do everything we can to make sure we're getting ours before the law goes into effect. gerri: is there any reaction inside the union membership against leadership? you have to think at some point people will not like these kind of tactics. that has to be offputting. >> they saw freedom coming two months from now, and now the unions are trying to take it away and extend those contracts for almost a decade. there is a lot of workers who feel like the rug is being pulled out from under them. gerri: let's talk about the kind of impact right to work can
was known as the guy that was going to replace steve shorts men. he is not going anywhere, so this is what is going on. interesting global blight. black rock -- blackstone. engine private equity firm. let's give back to my other story, which is the banks. lots of investment bankers are telling me if there are board. clear discussions at the board, and dutch soldier at the show that this would be the year you might see a bank break up. it will clearly be -- liz: and i asked because of the time you thought it might be a big u.s. bank that got caught up. it's not me and i have no clue. liz: heated talk about what people are starting to talk about this inside these various. i hear the most likely suspect and where there is some talk is barclays. a huge u.k. bank under lots of trouble. you know, morale is low. an ico. they have been hit on the scandal and other issues. liz: a pretty chart. >> it has been down lately. any event, we should point out it is an ugly charge is the fun is a crisis. liz: isn't everything? >> no. goldman is doing better, some of the big u.s. banks are doing better, but
: thank you for the call. steve is joining us from minnesota. caller: good morning. you know -- am i on? host: you sure are. caller: the building behind you. when these people get into it, they really screwed up. i do not know. host: ok. we will leave it there. our question, should there be more regulations on this super bowl sunday? a story from politico. if you are watching the game tonight, you will see a 32nd spot. the headline -- " super --2013: bloomberg-founded mayors' group sponsors gun control ad." the ad calls for lawmakers to pass rules requiring background checks. it is narrated by children with "america, the beautiful"playing in the background. where are you calling from? you are on the air. caller: i would like to comment that if the president and government is so worried about injuries a dental health, maybe they should consider the abortion issue and the disproportionate killing of african american babies. host: ok. from "the new republic." he was asked about football injuries at the high school level and the nfl and he said "i am a big football fan, but if i had a son,
. >> you're still bullish? >> bullish as anything. >> doug, richard, thank you. steve, michelle, thank you. >> thank you. >> chicago tomorrow. >> we also have bob ruben tomorrow. "squawk on the street" begins right now. >>> good wednesday morning. welcome to "squawk on the street." i'm melissa lee, with carl quintanilla with jim cramer and david faber at the new york stock exchange. the day after the s&p and nasdaq posted their second best days of the year. we looking at a higher open, pretty much across the board. actually, they just turned. we're looking down open here, 59 points on the dow. down 7 on the s&p 500. take a look at the picture over in europe. the big waiting game is on with the ecb starting tomorrow. we're seeing red arrows on the board. most notably the euro hitting a one-week low against the u.s. dollar. in asia, china up eighth straight session. nikkei highest level since september of 2008. disney set to open at record highs. strength in media networks. word that it's planning films based on "star wars" characters. >>> zynga, revenues continue to fall and the social gami
that this is not steve jobs' apple anymore. that's for sure. >> stock up 2%. big move there on that move. scott, thanks very much. despite the comeback being staged this afternoon among the major averages, we're still on pace for the first week over week loss for those averages this year. josh lipton has more details on that. josh? >>. >> reporter: hey, bill. u.s. stocks on track to finish in the red today, so is this the correction we've been expecting? money managers have been warning of a pullback. even bulls think we could see some consolidation of recent gains. their concerns, one, bullish sentiment is still high at 42.8%, still above its historical average which could be a contrarian sell signal and you should take a look at the s&p 500 and the high shars, high field index. also spoke with jason lee of jpmorgan, he's actually watching high yield spreads. he said they widen around the equity selloff. since father 28th they have widened 30 basis point. lee is paying close attention but isn't worried yet. spreads widened at least 50 basis points. and if the major indices finish the market lower they
. because the ingenuity and entrepreneurship kind of slows down. >> steve jobs is turning over his glaif you actually put him in the same sentence as microsoft. >> i can't help it. that's what this remind me of. and i think there's some pretty smart people out there talking about this. >> larry, there's another part of the story. the fed is issuing perpetual money. and so i don't think it makes sense for apple to consider jumping into the business of creating new financial products. the fed is driving people into this financial bubble of products. we've got a boom in new york, a boom in washington, d.c. but it's not good for the country to have a company like apple that's supposed to make innovative technology products getting into the financial business. >> david, you've got $137 billion of cash, for heaven's sake. you got to come up with -- you got more money there, you can innovate, you can entrepreneur, you can have more iphones. you can have more ipads. you can create stuff that even i know how to use. but $137 billion of cash for heaven's sakes. i think mr. david einhorn has the story
of a mid-range iphone. david: but in pursuit of that mid-range, which of course steve jobs didn't really deal much with, because he said, look, should pay a premium for our product because it is so unique, it is so inventive and so break through and people were willing to do it. doesn't that bring down the brand for a bit, if you go from the mid-range from the top range? doesn't it pull the brand down and you're competing with hundreds of other companies instead after couple? >> the key like any company they're at a point where i think they have to segment the market. tough do that very carefully when you start at the high end. if they go mid-range they will have to reduce some features and functionality of those phones but still continue to invery nate and bring innovations to the high end of the market and mid-range. liz: what about doing something exciting? you're already there. >> we're on board. liz: people are saying where is the dividend? where is the share buyback? where is the acquisition? where is the use of that cash? >> for instance, you're right there is latent value in capi
trying to coalesce early and steve lynch came in as a spoiler, but now that scott brown is not in it, it's hard to tell. in a way unless the republicans can scramble and get a viable candidate, the whole race will come down to the democratic primary. in which case it's not going to matter. >> thank you. >> thanks for having me. >> we turn our attention to international affairs. the violence in syria was on the vice president's agenda. vice president biden met with syria's main coalition and promised continuing u.s. support. the unrest led to a major humanitarian crisis and the fighting between rebel forces and the president's military forced hundreds of thens of syrians from their homes. 700,000 rev news poured into neighboring countries. the united nations is making annest to raise money and give aid to the victims that. and unicef recruited mia farrow to raise awareness. she received acclaim for her role in rosemary's baby. children especially. she joins my by television. we hoped to have you via skype and there was a problem with the connection. we will take you on the phone as well.
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